West Ham hammer Bournemouth to move clear of danger

 

Michail Antonio of West Ham United scores the team's first goal past Neto of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United at Vitality Stadium on April 23, 2023 in Bournemouth, England. 

West Ham took a big step towards Premier League safety by thrashing fellow strugglers Bournemouth.

An unmarked Michael Antonio rose highest and headed home from Aaron Cresswell’s corner for the opener at Vitality Stadium.

Lucas Paqueta scored another header, getting on the end of a deep cross from Vladimir Coufal, as West Ham scored twice in the opening 12 minutes.

Hammers captain Declan Rice smashed past Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto for number three just before half-time, with the home side failing to clear the ball from Cresswell’s corner once more.

Substitute Pablo Fornals completed the rout with a flicked, acrobatic effort following Jarrod Bowen’s cross.

The win lifts West Ham up to 13th in the table and six points clear of the relegation zone. Bournemouth are one point and two places behind in 15th.

Bournemouth were well below par given their recent good run of form as West Ham stopped them getting into the game.

Jefferson Lerma had a effort from 25 yards which swerved in the air but Lukasz Fabianski watched it well, diving to his left to push it away from goal.

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